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P&Z seeks help with new regs

CORNWALL — An ambitious overhaul of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development has been completed — and that overhaul means there will be a significant amount of work for the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).

The town plan is a document required by the state, that must be updated at least once a decade. It is the basis for all town planning and zoning regulations.

The idea behind the revision of the Cornwall plan was to have a working document that set forth goals for things like protecting ridgelines and well fields, establishing overlay zones and addressing housing issues.

The list is long and commission members are willing, but during a discussion at their Oct. 12 meeting, there was a consensus that some of the work will need to be farmed out to be accomplished on a timely basis.

The hope is that there will be sufficient interest by residents in volunteering for three groups:a Conservation Commission, a Committee on Aging and an Economic Development Study Group. Many of the P&Z goals could be undertaken by those groups.

The reestablishment of the first two, and the establishment of the last, are on the agenda of the annual town meeting, set for Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Cornwall Consolidated School.

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